Although Mitt Romney took flak for his statement that he lost the election because President Obama bestowed "gifts" on key parts of the electorate, what he said is basically true. We´re stuck in a deadly spiral where economic growth is retarded because the economy is larded with enormous and ever increasing government spending and debt. Yet, more and more Americans want the lard. President Obama got re-elected by promising to continue to serve it up. Romney´s failure, and the failure of the Republican Party, is not that Obama is pulling this off but that they can´t get their act together
Am a small business owner in Texas and since I opened 5 years ago, have never hired a hispanic and never will. Have a sign out front that says no spanish spoken. If hispanics all want to be lumped into being for amnesty of criminals, fine, you will never work for me. You want to be break in line is ok person, go somewhere else. Have got plenty of people I can hire who believe in rules.....Business is fine, I may go down but I will go down for what is right.
One message: You´ll never get rich on welfare. Another: What you take from the government comes out of your neighbor´s pocket. And Another: Inflation is the result of printing money to pay off debt with cheap dollars and is a hidden tax you pay. And Another: The more you want from the government the better the chance of getting a charlatan for a leader. I love this one: Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. JFK
I have been told by a resident of a Southwestern state that the people coming into the United States illegally from Mexico are, as a rule, not the most productive examples of humanity.
It seems to me that the logical thing to do would be to keep them out at all costs, and to work on reducing the population of them already in the country.
If your basement is flooding, you would ordinarily stop the inflow of water before you begin remodelling; secondarily you would get rid of the excess dirty water that had come in; and I think that this where we should begin.
The fact is, most of them come to this country to find decent work. They may not be politically sophisticated, but you can certainly say that of the majority of citizens. My experience with them is they are largely gentle, reliable, and honest people - a significant cut above the US citizens they compete with for jobs. Nothing would get done in my part of the country if they weren´t here, because nobody else will work like they do. Conservatives have an opportunity to show them the way, if they will take the chip off their shoulder and try treating them like people.
Until I got to #6, I found this thread terribly disheartening. #6 gets it, but based on the earlier comments, is it any wonder that middle-class, hard-working, legal Hispanics distrust and dislike Republicans? We speak of them as if they are "dirty water". Some of those families´ heritage in this country predates a whole lot of non-Hispanics. We have to gain their trust and the way to do that is by differentiating between illegals and citizens. We have to show that we respect them. Do you know the percentage of Hispanics in our armed forces? In our city and state governments? In our workplaces, churches and neighborhoods? They want the same productive and safe environment as anyone else. We should ask the to join us in our efforts instead of holding our noses when we say Hispanic.
I concur with the personal experiences related by #6 and #7 above, but I´m cautious about confusing personal experiences with political reality. The reality is this: These decent, hard-working, pro-family individuals collectively voted overwhelmingly against a Republican candidate who exemplifies those values in every aspect of his personal life. Why? In his confidential talk with donors, Romney also said this: "Going forward, clearly we have to have an immigration plan, this idea of just kicking this down the field until every four years the Democrats use it as an issue to hit us over the head with is nuts, we have to have an immigration plan and program, and I certainly hope that our leaders in Washington are willing to put that forward."
No-one hit Republicans over head on illegal immigration more than Mitt Romney. From 2008 onwards, any Republican who suggested any plan that didn´t involve all illegals leaving the country was attacked by Romney as pro-amnesty, including McCain, Perry, and Gingrich. It was one position where Mitt was indisputably more conservative than his rivals. Now he thinks it was a factor in his loss and calls on "our leaders in Washington" to extricate the party from the position he chose to run on. Mitt spent four years positioning himself to win the nomination while alienating the Hispanic vote, and he did both. Our challenge is find candidates who know what their conservative principles are and can convincingly defend those principles to diverse and sometimes unsympathetic constituencies.
It is historical fact that if the wimpy Republicans go along with a liberal Democrat written amnesty again, that they will eventually be handing the liberal Democrats millions of new foreign born, mostly poor, generally uneducated voters, who will only earn for the most part a low wage in this country.
Anyone who believes that those people are going to have an epifinany and vote for the Republicans because of "family values" over the liberal Democrats and their promises of more and more government provided social welfare related benefits and services is living in a fairyland.
The Republican Presidential candidate should have known better then to publicly get down into the specific tactics of ridding the country of much of the current illegal alien population by citing easily misunderstood terms as "voluntary deportation" that strike fear in ethnic and immigrant communities, thus giving the liberal Democrats and their ethnic media allies a point that they could easily demagogue to death before the election. When all he had to say is that he supported the effect enforcement of the immigration laws.
Hispanics can be either conservative or liberal. I suggest they drop the hispanic in front of American and stop being hyphenated and choose the party that fits their values. Makes no difference what your heritage is. If you want to worship God freely, work hard and set a goal for your children to be wealthy and follow the teachings of your Church, you are usually conservative. If you consider the gov´t your father, you are a liberal. The same can be said for Africans.
I agree with all #10 says, but if we fail to meet the political reality with the people who are here, and will continue to come here until the border is controlled, we are cooked. These folks are here, and they are not likely to go away, no matter how much some might wish so. It is foolish to continue to let the dems own this group of people, especially when many of them are natural conservatives. We are missing a good opportunity.
When I hire an illegal I don´t have to worry about OSHA, lots of taxes and regulations, whether or not the EEOC would approve of my selection standards and benefit? Hah! Better yet, I pick them up for a day´s work with no worry about long term commitment to them...the kind a hard working American would want if he has a mortgage and family.
If you think Hispanics are a cut above the American worker because of ethic when they´re being hired because it gives the employer an (illegal) price advantage... go back and ask some questions.
The negativity and abject hatred shown towards Hispanics in this thread is the reason we will never win the WH again. I say we as in conservatives. Republicans don´t qualify as conservatives and neither do racists that troll Lucianne.com.
The way to win the 2016 vote is to be an inclusive party where Hispanics who are inclined to be conservative as some blacks may have been at one time, would find the party as having more to offer and I don´t mean free stuff. The black vote has been poisoned and the Hispanic vote will be too by dems. Poster #1 wrote a perfect commercial for the dems in the next election. Rules are rules, but lumping everyone into the criminal pile is not the way to go.
Ignorance won this election. Those who vote D are ignorant in history, economics, and the truth about the Obama administration. Republicans continue to remain ignorant about how influential the schools and media are.In addition, I doubt if many people are aware of the sheer size of programs that are offered to recent immigrants. They are indoctrinated from the moment they step in this country to think that Republicans are going to take away all the assistance for their children and deport them. Who is there to counter that narrative?
NEW YORK — Why doesn´t Anthony Weiner just quit? It´s a question angry voters, pundits and fellow politicians have been asking almost nonstop in the nearly two weeks since the New York City mayoral candidate´s latest sexting bombshell, which has sent his poll numbers plummeting and turned his campaign into a chaotic sideshow. Weiner insists he´s staying in the race no matter what. And experts say that beyond the former congressman´s well-known ego and combativeness, his stance may just be rooted in political calculation. A leading theory: Weiner takes his hits on the campaign trail, gives the media a chance
President Obama took to the road last week to lecture Americans, as he is wont to do. “We’ve tolerated a little more inequality for the sake of a more dynamic, more adaptable economy,” he lectured in Galesburg, Ill. “That’s all for the good. But that idea has always been combined with a commitment to equality of opportunity to upward mobility — the idea that no matter how poor you started, if you’re willing to work hard and discipline yourself and defer gratification, you can make it, too. That’s the American idea.” And that’s the problem. The president says the words, but
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s quest for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian quagmire seems to represent the last political stand for the former Bay State senator who, up until now, is best known for being a presidential loser. Kerry is surely trying to compose his ultimate swan song by capping his 30-year career in politics with a brokered Middle East peace deal by early 2014, right? Or is he hoping for something a little bigger? After all, Kerry has never put his 2004 White House loss fully behind him, people close to him say. Sure, Hillary Clinton
Hillary Rodham Clinton must be reveling in the latest round of Republican fratricide. First, there’s the Chris Christie-Rand Paul blow-up over national security, surveillance, and pork. Then, there’s John McCain’s musing over possibly supporting Hillary—his fellow Iraq War-backer of a decade ago. And, finally, there’s L.I. GOP Congressman Pete King’s comparison of Rand Paul to a Nazi-appeaser! At this rate, Clinton is on her way to a 40-state victory and a third consecutive Democratic win, while leaving the Republicans with the distinction of being the Party of Dixie, Idaho, and little else.
In October, Anthony P. Bosch, a troubled businessman who had a permanent suntan and a white lab coat with his name embroidered on it — though he had no medical license — clashed with an investor in his small anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla. Bosch’s modest business, Biogenesis, promised to make Floridians feel stronger and younger. But Porter Fischer, a former client turned partner, felt spurned over a $4,000 investment gone sour, and he wanted to embarrass Bosch, “to take him out.” What began as a small-time dispute on the fringes of the medical world
Did you hear about the seventeen-year-old Queens resident, Natasha Martinez, who was stabbed eleven times last week by a black male wearing a white hoodie? Yep, just a few days ago, as this young lady was walking home from her job at Mickey D’s, and right in front of her house, Natasha was jumped by a black dude in a white hoodie and suffered eleven stab wounds -- she is in serious condition. Her state was so grave the doctors at Jamaica Hospital had to remove her spleen and confiscate a vein from her leg and implant it
The U.S. government is quietly pressuring telecommunications providers to install eavesdropping technology deep inside companies´ internal networks to facilitate surveillance efforts. FBI officials have been sparring with carriers, a process that has on occasion included threats of contempt of court, in a bid to deploy government-provided software capable of intercepting and analyzing entire communications streams. The FBI´s legal position during these discussions is that the software´s real-time interception of metadata is authorized under the Patriot Act. Attempts by the FBI to install what it internally refers to as "port reader" software, which have not been previously disclosed, were described
Yesterday at the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel unveiled the results of his Strategic Choices and Management Review (SCMR). The belated effort sought to think through the options — many unsavory — available to the military should sequestration and its $500 billion defense budget cuts remain law for the rest of the decade. Secretary Hagel’s cafeteria menu of options for policymakers should sequestration continue is so unpalatable because this is not the first round of defense budget cuts. Sequestration’s $500 billion in Pentagon reductions come on top of the close to $1 trillion in military spending cuts
This is the kind of thing that gives you a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when the full import of this stat sinks in. Of all the rotten statistics coming out of these dreary jobs reports, month after month, it is the realization that the face of work in America is radically changing right before our eyes — to the detriment of young and old alike. Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge: When the payroll report was released last month, the world finally noticed what we had been saying for nearly three years:
While George Zimmerman is likely trying to put his high profile murder trial behind him, the parents of the teenager he said he killed in self-defense are holding out hope that his legal woes are far from over. Zimmerman was acquitted on second degree murder and manslaughter charges in the death of Trayvon Martin. But The Miami Herald reports that Martin´s parents met this week with Justice Department prosecutors and FBI agents about the possibility of a criminal civil rights case against Zimmerman. The Justice Department has said in the past that it would look into whether Zimmerman violated
MIAMI BEACH — Her clipboard said the man who lived in the pink stucco apartment building a few blocks from the hotel-lined beach might not have health insurance. So Laura Botero climbed the darkened staircase to the second floor and knocked on the door. Eduardo Devine, 49, an unemployed beach waiter in black, square-framed glasses, peeked into the dim hallway. He confirmed he had been without coverage since he was laid off a month ago, and his face lit up when Botero mentioned “Obamacare.” “I just heard about it on the news, but I don’t know how it works,”
Consider me fully in the Andrew McCarthy camp on the legality and potential effectiveness of a properly structured and run NSA metadata program, but the NSA program — as with all intelligence-gathering efforts — ultimately depends on an administration and government elite that is actually willing to let the men and women on the ground pull the triggers they’ve been trained to pull. Consider these three vignettes: First, from former attorney general Michael Mukasey, writing in the aftermath of the Boston bombing: Tamerlan Tsarnaev is the fifth person since 9/11 who has participated in terror attacks after questioning by the FBI.
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”
In 2008 and then again in 2012, after retired four-star General Colin Powell endorsed and then voted for Barack Obama, the former Secretary of State´s sanity was already in question. At least now, after having his email account hacked by high-level security-breacher Guccifer, Colin Powell´s besmirching of the Republican Party´s "shift to the right" and "identity crisis" finally makes sense. It seems that for years the mannerly and always professional Colin Powell has been cyber-comporting with a 46-year-old Romanian European Parliament member, Social Democrat, and past spokesperson for Romanian president Ion Iliescu named Corina Cretu
Conservatives have for years attempted to put our finger upon precisely why Barack Obama strikes us as queer in precisely the way he does. There is an alienness about him, which in the fever swamps is expressed in all that ridiculous Kenyan-Muslim hokum, but his citizen-of-the-world shtick is strictly sophomore year — the great globalist does not even speak a foreign language. Obama has been called many things — radical, socialist — labels that may have him dead to rights at the phylum level but not down at his genus or species. His social circle includes
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”
For nearly a year, we have had no answer to why the administration lied about Benghazi — why it told the world, not to mention the parents of our murdered SEALs at the funeral of their sons, that the cause of that fatal conflagration was an anti-Islamic video no one saw, when the various arms of our executive branch (White House, State and intelligence) already knew, or strongly suspected, it was a terror attack orchestrated by al-Qaeda affiliates. You only have to read the now infamous talking points to know that. That this lie was deeply immoral is obvious.
Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.
Today, across Africa, Araby and Asia, from Nouakchott to Dhaka, the diplomatic facilities of the United States are closed. There’s a Tsarnaev out there, somewhere – could be the Mahgreb, the Levant, the Horn of Africa, the Indian sub-continent – who knows? So, as Richard Fernandez writes, “Shelter in place, this time globally.” Maybe it will work. Maybe by the end of the day there will be, unlike Benghazi a year on, men in custody. But if not? Daniel Pipes: Don’t know about you, but I find this pre-emptive cringing unworthy of a great country, even humiliating.
Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way. Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar. Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion, reports the Daily Mail. Kids don’t need to waste time on those things, see. State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make
Common sense tells me that cops don´t need a Taser or a shotgun to subdue a 95-year-old man. When John Wrana was a young man, fit and strong and fighting in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, did he ever think he´d end this way? Just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, in need of a walker to move about, cops coming through the door of his retirement home with a Taser and a shotgun.
Not only should President Obama cancel a bilateral summit with "schoolyard bully" Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on "Face the Nation," but considering the country granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, U.S. allies should try to move next month´s G-20 gathering from St. Petersburg. "President Putin´s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I´ve learned, unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more," Schumer said. "He´s always going out of his way, President Putin is, to seem to poke us in
I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.
Police shot and killed an armed teen in the South Bronx early today after the suspect opened fire and refused to drop his gun, police said. Two rookie cops heard shots fired near East 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue around 3 a.m. and ran in the direction of fire, police said. The uniformed officers saw Shaaliver Douse, 14, of the South Bronx, chasing another person through the streets, according to cops. Douse, who was arrested in May on attempted murder charges for shooting a 15-year-old, fired at the man running on East 151st Street this morning, police said.